The women of Empire Street are being tested like never before. Rita Kennedy, forced to face some unpalatable truths about her husband, Charlie, must still play the dutiful wife while her childhood sweetheart, Jack Callaghan, has shown her nothing but kindness. Can they keep a check on their emotions or will their friendship develop into something more? For Kitty Callaghan, burying herself in her work distracts her from the constant worry about her brothers Danny and Tommy, both a handful in their own way. Then there is Frank Feeny, the man she adores, will they ever be together?